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To: Math Junkie who wrote (780)7/22/2003 10:07:23 AM
From: runes  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 786
 
The issue is actual the presumption of innocence (innocent until proven guilty) -

...which is a longstanding legal principle that has been re-iterated by the Supreme Court - talkleft.com

The law is worded to presume that the offender is guilty of a greater crime (grand theft) rather than simple petty theft. (It used to be that the dividing line was $1000. I'm guessing that that limit has been inflated to $2000+ now).

BTW - why doesn't Congress tackle the problem head on rather than going through this presumptive route?